WBC President Reacts To Floyd Mayweather’s Title Criticism

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has responded to Floyd Mayweather’s criticism of boxing titles.

Much has been made over the number of championships in the sport of boxing. The mega-fight between Teofimo Lopez and Vasiliy Lomachenko highlighted this issue. Lomachenko was given the “Franchise” label with the WBC Lightweight title and Devin Haney was promoted from interim to main champion. Ahead of Lopez vs. Lomachenko, Sulaiman claimed that “Loma” was recognized as the WBC Lightweight Champion, making his bout with Lopez an undisputed title fight as the WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO Titles were also on the line.

Mayweather expressed his belief that there are too many titles in the sport of boxing. Appearing on Sirius XM’s AK and Barak Show, Sulaiman offered the following response (h/t World Boxing News).

“When you hear interviews many times they are so long so I would like to listen to what happened before and what happened after. From what he is talking about, he mentions the WBC. It’s surprising, but I understand it. We all would want to have one world champion per division. That’s the dream, but it’s not the reality. That’s been decades of a sport evolving without control. Boxing is the only sport in which the organization has nothing to do with the sport’s business. NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, UFC – all those leagues they control the business, they sell the franchise. They manage the TV contracts and sponsorship. They do the rankings, and they do everything. In boxing, it’s different. In this business, it’s only the promoters. The TV networks deal with the promoters, the sponsors, and the sites.”

The WBC Lightweight Title situation is far from being solved. Lopez holds the Franchise gold after beating Lomachenko. Haney is still the main champion. Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell will collide for the interim championship on December 5.

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